The Master of Arts in Professional Writing program (MAPW) is a professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing, and the arts. Coursework in three concentrations applied writing, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing allows students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in various fields of professional writing. As students become experienced in producing and analyzing business, technical, journalistic, and creative texts, they develop a sophisticated understanding of style, structure, and audience. MAPW students will become writing professionals who can move in many directions during their careers. They will become flexible writers who can tune in to the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting their writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts.

What is the MAPW Capstone Project?
A project designated as a thesis, portfolio or practicum and accompanied by a rationale for its purpose and design that involves electronic and/or print media and is relevant to the student’s concentration in professional writing. After submitting an approved capstone proposal, the candidate works under the direction and advice of two faculty members to produce the project. The candidate must submit the capstone project at least two weeks before either 1) a discussion about the project with the faculty committee, or 2) a public presentation about the project or a reading from the project for an audience of faculty and peers.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2005

Discovering 21st Century Composition Studies, Jeannie C. Parker

The Babylonian Talmud: A Unique Text of Argument and Narrative, Pamela H. Reynolds

Monitions: A One Act Play, Deanna Ryan

The Varieties of Writing Experience, David Schmidt

Writing to Tell the Story: A Portfolio of Fiction and News Features, Christine Renee Smith

Road Rovers: A Screenplay, Kathleen Duerr Snow

Frontline Medic, Sandra Wright Taylor

Love and Letting Go, Owerri M. Washington

Drowned Things: Poems by Michael Weeks, Michael L. Weeks

Beauty, Jodi R. Williams

Societal Norms: A Writing Portfolio, Odiesha Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

Humor Me, Jeff Alexander

Falling Awake: A Writing Portfolio, Jessica Parlapiano Arledge

Writers Write and Sometimes They Teach, Eleanor J. Blount

A Technical Writer's Journey into the World of Information Management, Jennifer R. Bowers

When Leo Turned Left, Patricia Burrows Cardona

Inspirations for Life: A Writing Portfolio, Jerome Clark

A Practicum, Susan M. Cochran

A Writing Portfolio, Camilla Cruikshank

Lucky Man: A Full-Length Screenplay, Peter DiFazio

Storyteller, Matthew S. Hamburg

From Theory to Practice: The Process of My Professionalization, Kathryn E. Holmes

Creating a Personal Writing Space, Dana Lambert Jenkins

From a Distance: Making Connections via the MAPW Program, Mary Elizabeth Johnson

Shades of Gray: A Collection of Short Fiction, Lucinda A. Lombardo

Digital Storytelling for Children: Exploring the Possibilities, Krystina S. Madej

The Firelands: A Collection of Prose, Dennis C. Martin

Why Write?, Michele A. Medved

A Writing Portfolio, Cathy Murphy

Making the Most of the Medium: The Value of Video Production in Education, H. Perry Rentz

Misconception, Adam Lee Russell

A Writing Teacher Writes, W. Scott Smoot

Language and Literacy: Teaching Elementary Students to Write, Rozlyn Tennielle Truss

Both Sides: A Writing Portfolio, Mary Ellen Vogel

Creativity in Corporate Writing, Stephanie D. Waldroup

Finding One's Place through Writing, Leslie M. Walker

The Importance of Family in My Professional Writing, April Sheffield Wallace

Spherical Angles: The Practical Pursuit of Stylistic Freedom, Kristie K. White

Putting the Pieces Together and Discovering a Story, Gina Woods